What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain?

Why ask what causes rheumatoid arthritis pain? Today we answer a letter from a reader that raises key questions about living with rheumatoid disease (RD). Why is it so painful? Why doesn’t treatment take away pain? Why isn’t the pain dealt with? In part, the answer is found in another question: What causes rheumatoid arthritis pain? Until...Continue reading      22 Comments » Read more

Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis: 6 Things You Need to Know

Six take-aways in a short list below! But, first some surprising evidence. Even light smoking contributes to Rheumatoid Arthritis risk A recent Swedish study of 34,101 women reported “even light cigarette smoking is associated with increased risk of RA in women and that smoking cessation may reduce, though not remove, this risk.”[1] Although they found the risk...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis to Trigger?

What causes Rheumatoid Arthritis? (UPDATED) I never asked “why me?” when diagnosed with RA because it’s not my way of thinking. Yet people do ask me “HOW did this happen?” or “What triggers RA?” What causes rheumatoid arthritis - that's the multi-billion dollar question! Here’s a summary of what is known at this point. There are a...Continue reading      90 Comments » Read more

Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Are There New Clues?

A Look at the Insecticide Study from ACR Why do some people get Rheumatoid Arthritis? No one has the entire answer. However, a little piece to the puzzle may have been confirmed last week at the American College of Rheumatology annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia. Did you see the news on the insecticide study? Gardening is a...Continue reading      25 Comments » Read more

The Onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms: How Does RA Begin?

The story of how my Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms began Several months ago, I wrote out the story of how Rheumatoid Arthritis began for me. I determined to put down the whole story in case I ever needed to share it. It was punishing for me to write for two reasons: 1) I did not want to relive...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

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